Welcome to Terrigal Gestalt Institute

Welcome to our website. Here you’ll find information about the history and practice of the Gestalt approach and what we offer. Our services are located on the Central Coast of New South Wales in East Gosford. Terrigal Gestalt Institute was founded in 2005 and is an independent training and educational organisation providing Professional training and personal development programs, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision and mentoring, and premises for Clinical Practitioners (at The Gestalt Centre in East Gosford).

Please take some time to enjoy our site and don’t hesitate to contact us via our contact form or by calling Dinah on 0439 752 710 / 4322 8868.


Dinah's profile pictureDinah Eades Buchanan

Counselling & Therapy sessions are available for a number of issues including life transitions/ stress/anxiety/grief & loss/ infertility & pregnancy loss/ personal & spiritual development /Couples Coaching

Clinical Supervision (Individual & Groups)

Gestalt Spiritual Direction: using the Transformational Gestalt approach, which is a synthesis of Gestalt , Contemplative practice and Spiritual companioning.

Contact Dinah on 0439 752 710 

As well as being the Director of Training for TGI Dinah also has a private practice on the Central Coast offering counselling and clinical supervision. If you would like to experience this very creative and holistic approach to counselling / spiritual direction, give Dinah a call for a series of introductory sessions.

“Often clients experience profound shifts in awareness and clarity that they may not have experienced in more traditional therapy – this is a personal journey well worth undertaking.”



art 5  Certificate of Gestalt Theory & Practice

Central Coast – East Gosford    

A 6 weekend experiential course designed to introduce practising clinicians to the Gestalt modality, so that it can be integrated into existing practice. The course is taught in a small group setting with an integration of theory, practice and experiential work. The course is usually structured over 6 weekends over a six month period.  s

Suitable for counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists, teachers, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, coaches and related professions.


VENUE: The Gestalt Centre, East Gosford


CONTACT:  Dinah 0439 752 710 OR dinah@terrigalgestalt.om.au 

  ‘Opening to Grace’ workshops

Central Coast – East Gosford

The ‘Opening to Grace’ workshops are an introduction to the Transformational Gestalt approach  which combines Gestalt methods and principles with contemplative practice and spiritual companioning. The workshops are an opportunity for us all to enter a sacred healing space where we acknowledge that God is already working in us to bring us to healing and wholeness. We have experienced  and witnessed profound physical and emotional healing and change when God is consciously acknowledged at the heart of the healing process, and the framework of Gestalt offers a vital and compelling backdrop to this healing work. The workshops offer participants a supportive space to experience profound healing and change, within a spiritual framework.

TGI is an affiliate of Gestalt Pastoral Care in New York, USA which has greatly influenced the work of Dinah & Barry in the development of their Transformational Gestalt approach. Tilda Norberg is the founder of GPC and she describes her work in her book ‘Consenting to Grace’.

NEXT WORKSHOP:  April 2/3 2016  click here for more details

VENUE: The Gestalt Centre, East Gosford

CONTACT:  Dinah 0439 752 710



Two faces Certificate of Clinical Supervision

Central Coast – East Gosford     

This is a complete comprehensive and creative training in Clinical Supervision that meets PACFA & ACA requirements for clinical supervision training and equips participants for Registration as a Clinical Supervisor. (There are additional face-to-face and supervision hours offered to meet AAOS standards following on from this training). Note that participants will also need to accrue a minimum of 50 hours of supervised supervision practice over a minimum of 2 years post supervision training, and have had 5 years experience as a practitioner, to be eligible to apply for registration.

This course is Gestalt based and structured over 6 Saturdays over a six month period, plus group supervision. 

Cost includes 42 hours of face-to-face training as well as 10 hours of group supervision on supervision. Participants must have had at least 2 years experience as a counsellor / psychotherapist and be able to attend all training and group supervision.

This course is multi-disciplinary and is open to therapists trained in any modality.

NEXT INTAKE:  April  2017    (Expressions of Interest welcome)

VENUE: The Gestalt Centre, East Gosford

CONTACT:  Dinah 0439 752 710    dinah@terrigalgestalt.com.au 


art 5  Advanced Certificate of Gestalt Therapy

Central Coast – East Gosford

Further professional development training in the Gestalt approach following on from the Certificate of Gestalt Theory & Practice course.



art 5  Advanced Clinical Training –  Gestalt Therapy

Central Coast – East Gosford

Further professional development training in the Gestalt approach following on from the Certificate and Advanced Certificate programs.

This program is a mentoring and apprenticeship program with a high supervision and clinical component.



TGI photo  Additional Offerings

In addition to the above Training courses Terrigal Gestalt Institute offers the community an opportunity to experience Gestalt therapy in the form of:


‘TGI Counselling Clinic’: View Brochure

Members of the public are able to access six free counselling sessions with our Gestalt therapist students.

‘TGI Graduate Clinic’:


Members of the public are able to access low cost sessions with our Graduate Gestalt therapists.

Please contact Dinah on 0439 752 710 to book in for any of the above.